Congregational Prayer - 14 December 2014 PM
LORD, you have said, “Seek My face,” and so our hearts now say, “Your face, LORD, we will seek” (Psalm 27.8). We come before you praying for your world and your Church; and we come praying in the name of Christ your Son.
We pray for the troubled and the secure nations of our world; for the countries staggering under wreckage or wasting maladies, and for those lands that seem quiet and calm: please preserve your Church in every land by granting every nation your peace and prosperity; O Lord, hear our prayer.
Almighty God, give ear to our concerns about the future, the focus, the fortitude, and the fortune of our country, and grant what is best for the good of the citizens and inhabitants of this land, the peace of Your Church, and for the uninhibited proclamation of your Gospel. O Lord, hear our prayer.
O our God, we remember those who are in need … turn their grief into gladness, their suffering into strength, their anger and pain into wholeness and health. O Lord, hear our prayer.
We pray for the people in our lives and on our hearts who may have left the Faith, those who have no faith, and those who have a wavering faith; may it be that during this season when chorales are expected to sing of the coming of Christ, when it is assumed that radio stations will play songs about the birth of Jesus, when talk and thoughts and remembrances of the gift of your Son are more pronounced, that you would use all of these things to draw them to you that you may give them as gifts to your Son. O Lord, hear our prayer.
We pray for Your Church throughout the world, including these churches; Neighborhood Missionary Baptist Church, Netchurch, New Bethel Baptist, New Covenant Missionary Baptist, New Heights Baptist and New Hope Baptist Church: reclaim what is damaged; heal what is sick; strengthen what is whole; protect what is vulnerable; recondition what has become misshapen, and supply what is needed. O Lord, hear our prayer.
For this congregation we pray: give those in our midst who are single the grace of remaining chaste and virtuous, especially when the pressures are intense or subtle; guide the parents as they raise their children to fear and love you; assist the husbands to be faithful to their wives and loving them as Christ does his church; fill the wives with the joy of respecting their husbands; steer these children and teenagers to value their parents and to grow up strong in our most holy faith; and finally, help the grandparents to be holy and solid examples of godliness for their children and grandchildren. O Lord, hear our prayer.